If your New Year’s resolutions fell apart shortly after the decorations fell
Well, join the club. According to the University of Minnesota, 80% of resolutions are doomed to fail, with the majority abandoned as early as the second week of February. It’s easy to lose hope when faced with such high odds, but don’t get your new Pegasus trainers on eBay just yet. The remedy to your declining commitment to your weight loss training is right on your doorstep.
Researchers at the Université de Sherbrooke asked a group of participants to do an hour of cardio and strength training three times a week. Half of the group sweated out their workouts in a gym, while the rest of them tackled the program in the great outdoors. By the end of the 12-week experiment, the open-air group had missed fewer training sessions than those locked in four walls and participated in an impressive 97% of their training sessions.
In contrast to members of the indoor group, who experienced a decline in motivation over the course of the weeks, the green team rarely stayed with them. The researchers found that they were more active than their gym counterparts for the rest of the day, too, and reported greater levels of rest, presumably because they didn’t have to wipe someone else’s sweat off the equipment before starting their run.
When your resolutions call for a fresh start, take advantage of the (slowly) improving weather and exercise outdoors where the basic gains are ripe for harvest. You will recharge your focus, cultivate that much-needed inner peace, and end the year noticeably fitter and stronger than you started.
Take up a gear
The “shrouded knowledge” theory states that when you look at the part, you will also perform better. Here is your head start.
Apple Watch Series 6 GPS
In addition to the usual measured values, the Series 6 monitors blood oxygen, a good indicator of your fitness.
Bose sport earbuds
They’re sweat resistant, safe, and sound huge. If a bud falls out, you can track it using the Find My Buds feature.
Freetrain V1 vest
Reduce your risk of injury by loading your phone, keys and gels from the front with the Freetrain vest.
Polar H10 heart rate monitor
No phone signal? No problem. The integrated memory function of this strap keeps track of each stroke until you reconnect.
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